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Super Bowl XLVIII Winner, As Told By The Mascots

Super Bowl XLVIII promises to be a game for the ages, but what can history tell us about which of the teams will emerge victorious?

We took a different approach to predicting this year’s winner: mascots. We separated all of the NFL mascots into the following classes:

**There has been some unrest regarding these classifications, particularly the Browns, Titans and Texans. Here are the actual mascots of those teams: Browns Mascot – Chomps the Dog, Titans Mascot – T-Rac the raccoon, Texans Mascot – Toro the Bull. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused!**

  • Birds: Ravens, Eagles, Seahawks, Cardinals, Falcons
  • Cats: Bengals, Panthers, Lions, Jaguars
  • Horses: Broncos, Colts
  • Misc. Land Animals: Browns, Bills, Rams, Bears, Titans, Texans
  • Sea Creatures: Dolphins
  • Human: Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots, Niners, Packers, Raiders, Redskins, Vikings, Chiefs, Saints, Buccaneerss
  • Fantasy Creatures: Giants, Chargers
  • Machine: Jets


Overall, the animals (18) outnumber the humans (11) as far as the sheer number of teams in the class. Oddly, however, the humans have truly dominated the Super Bowl by both appearances and wins. Here’s how the classes split up across Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl History By Mascot Class

Unfortunately, the cats have yet to win a Super Bowl despite three appearances in the big game. They are the only group that has yet to win a game. As mentioned before, the Humans dominate, having won 32 out of the 47 Super Bowls, or 68.1%. Animals as a whole have won 10 Super Bowls (21.3%) despite outnumbering the humans by a considerable margin.

The winningest class to appear in more than one Super Bowl is the Fantasy Creatures, who have won four out of six games. This is due entirely to the hard work of the New York Giants, who have won the game four times in five appearances. The San Diego Chargers made it to one game, but ended up losing badly to the 49ers. The Jets have won 100% of their Super Bowl appearances, but have only been to one. Another Jets Super Bowl victory would make the machines the winningest class.

For the full class-by-class matchup numbers, reference the chart below.

All Matchups2

Now to predict this year’s winner.

The Seahawks fall into the bird class, which has won a mere two out of seven appearances (28.6%). Both bird victories can be credited to the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos on the other hand, fall into the Horse class, which has won four of its ten appearances in the big game (40%). This makes the Horses the most dominant animal when it comes to the Super Bowl. They are only beat out by the fantasy creatures (66.7%), humans (61.5%) and machines (100%) as far as winning percentage.

This year’s game presents a rare animal vs. animal matchup, something that has only happened two other times in Super Bowl history. The 1998-99 Broncos defeated the Falcons in the first instance of animal vs. animal, and the 2006-07 Colts defeated the Bears the second time. That means that every time an animal vs. animal Super Bowl has occurred, a Horse team has come out on top. Birds are 0-1 in animal vs. animal games.

With this in mind, it’s hard not to pick this year’s horse team, the Broncos, to win it all.

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Comments (6)

  1. Rick Telander - Reply

    January 25, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Freaking hilarious. However, I am concerned that no cat has ever won, and there has been only one bird vs. horse SB. The journalist in me says, Why?

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      January 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for the comment, Rick. The Panthers got robbed of Super Bowl XXXVIII!

  2. Rick Moreno - Reply

    January 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Couldn’t a charger also be considered a horse? it’s a not uncommon term for a fast horse. And wouldn’t Browns be people (as in Paul Brown?)

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      January 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Rick.

      The Chargers mascot is boltman, a personified lightning bolt. The Browns mascot is a dog, as explained in my added not above the mascot classifications. Hope that helps.

  3. Darin - Reply

    January 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    How are the Browns, Texans, and Titans animals? Texans are people from Texas no? Titans are mythical gods among gods..The browns are either a color, or a brownie elf. The bulldog is not an official mascot if that is what you are considering.

    • Andrew Powell-Morse - Reply

      January 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Darin. I added an explanation above the classifications that should clear things up for you. I also sent you an email. Hope that helps!

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